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As Abenadar rises through the ranks of the Roman Legion to assume the rank of Centurion, he finds love with Ruth, a woman he rescues from the streets of Jerusalem. She believes the prophet Jesus is the One-the Messiah-everyone has been waiting for. Abenadar is dubious. He's seen too many messiahs...and they all died on Roman crosses. But what if Jesus is telling the truth? As advisor to Procurator Pontius Pilate and a Roman, Abenadar has a duty to uphold...but it may cause him to lose everything.
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Oaktara Publishers
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Availability: Expected to ship on or about 04/30/15.
Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Book is for young teen boys.August 31, 2012Big MomIngleside, ILAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1This was not for mature readers. Teen boys may appreciate the story line as it deals a great deal with how Roman Centurions were trained. I didn't even try to complete the book.
Rebecca RandeeUpstate, NYAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5May 26, 2010Rebecca RandeeUpstate, NYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleL.D. Alford has written a fascinating, historical account of a half-Roman, half-Jewish legionnaire from the time of Yeshua (Jesus). An enormous amount of information about the training and progress of a legionnaire is written in an entertaining and riveting fashion. We follow the life of Abenadar, a childhood friend of Yeshua, who ultimately plays an important role in the outplaying of the Gospel. This book had me interested until the very last page. I highly recommend it.
Don Bemis5 Stars Out Of 5December 25, 2009Don BemisI am never sure what to expect in historical fiction. Reality can be lost in the pursuit of a story line. Christian fiction is particularly challenging because the author must decide who his audience will be: believers, opponents, or people who just want a good yarn? Will the intended audience even pick up the book? Will a reader put it down half unread because he or she doesnt like the way the story is going? Having just drafted a historical Christian fiction work myself, I am aware of these questions.The premise of Centurion, that Jesus and the centurion presiding over his crucifixion were friends from infancy, is unlikely but possible. No violence is done to Biblical accounts, and the history is carefully researched. Historical context rounded out the various cultures to avoid demonizing or idealizing any particular group. Heroes and villains are found among Romans, Jews, and Christians just as in real life.Identification of names could be daunting to some but a fun puzzle for others. A glossary at the back helped illustrate the setting. This is all fine, but it is more important that fiction be interesting. Otherwise we might as well read textbooks.Centurion is interesting. It has history, romance without sappiness, warfare without unnecessary gore, an excellent story line, and interesting writing style. Christian readers may find their faith affirmed. Other readers may enjoy without being force-fed a sermon.There was one spot in the middle where I thought about stopping. The story seemed to be headed for a formulaic crisis that I didnt care to read about. I gritted my teeth, read on, and found that I had underestimated the author. Mr. Alford did not nosedive into bathos but kept the story believable and exciting.
Bruce Judisch5 Stars Out Of 5September 17, 2009Bruce JudischCenturion has it all: captivating storyline, impeccable research, plenty of action, and a great balance between the harsh realities of 1st-century AD everyday life and the ideals of a radical fledgling faith.Abenadar is a half-breed bastard of a Galilian mother and a Roman sire. His mother, an outcast living on the outskirts of Nazareth, finds her only friend in Mary, the mother of Christ--also an outcast. Abenadar and Yeshua become friends, and before Abenadar leaves to seek his future as a Roman soldier, Yeshua exhorts him not to forget Adonai.Abenadar finds his calling in the austere life of the Roman camp. His military prowess is quickly revealed--and tested. In battle after battle, Abenadar distinguishes himself, and advances to the rank of Centurion--a position normally reserved for only those of full Roman blood. But inside, he is a man caught between two worlds; fully a Roman warrior, but fully a child of Galilee, who adheres to the precepts of Adonai.He is posted to Jerusalem, where he rescues Ruth, a woman of the streets, from an abusive client. Captivated by her beauty, he seeks her out and rescues her from her life of forced harlotry. The stigma he carries as half-Roman, and hers as a Judean whore, bring them together against a world that accepts neither one of them fully .Yeshua enters the picture once again, and Abenadar's and Ruth's respective worlds collide in the draw of this unlikely prophet. How does the love of a Roman soldier, bound to his oath to Caesar, and a Jewess, bound to her faith in God and the promise of His Messiah, survive through the passion of the King of Kings? The answer lies in the pages of Centurion.L.D. Alford delivers an extremely well written and meticulously researched story that won't let you go. Steeped in Roman martial lore, you'll learn more about the Empire's military organization, weapons and battle tactics than you ever realized existed. But the learning never comes at the expense of the story.
Marlayne Giron4 Stars Out Of 5August 3, 2009Marlayne GironCenturion is a fascinating behind the scenes look into what could have been the life of one of the Gospels most briefly mentioned characters: the Roman guard who crucified Christ. L.D. Alford sweeps the reader into first century Israel and fleshes out the Bible record with incredible attention to detail and a backstory that is both fascinating and compelling. The reader will find themselves marching in step with Abenader and experiencing the same rigors, sacrifice and discipline that turn an ordinary man into one of Romes fighting elite: A Centurion. But it is Abenaders appointment with destiny that is the most fascinating aspect of the book as the reader wonders how he will choose between the life that he loves as a Centurion and the only boy who had ever been his friend in childhood. If you are a lover of ancient times and military action, this book is for you!
Located in: Wichita, KS
Submitted: March 07, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a student of history and languages. I speak German and English and study ancient Greek and Anglo-Saxon. Languages and history play important roles in all my writing. I am also a retired military officer. Much of my writing relates in some way back to my military training and experience. This is especially true of Centurion.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to answer a question: what was the Centurion who crucified Christ like. How did he live, and how did he become a Centurion? I also wanted to give my readers a sense of how people lived in the 1st Century.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This book is a great read on many levels. For the casual reader, you will find a fun novel with adventure, romance, and story you can sink your teeth in. For the historian--it's all there. For the seeker, this book puts into perspective a man who sees it all, but doesn't know what to believe.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This book is for both secular and Christian readers. It is history and has embedded the history of the New Testament. Your non-Christian friends will find the work compelling. At the same time, the Gospel's historical account is not compromised as it is in The Robe or Ben Hur.
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